Final OT

Series (Game 5 of 6)

Washington leads 4-1

Game 1: Wednesday, November 12th
Game 2: Saturday, November 15th
Game 3: Friday, January 9th
Game 4: Thursday, January 29th
Game 5: Thursday, February 12th
Game 6: Wednesday, February 25th

Capitals 3

(17-31-2, 42 pts)

Hurricanes 3

(17-26-2, 47 pts)

7:00 PM ET, February 12, 2004

PNC Arena, Raleigh, North Carolina

1 2 3 OT T
WSH 1 1 1 03
CAR 1 1 1 03

P. Brendl (Hurricanes - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

J. Halpern (Capitals - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

S. Hill (Hurricanes - D): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

Washington (17-31-5-2) at Carolina (17-26-10-2) 7:00 pm EST

RALEIGH, North Carolina (Ticker) -- The Washington Capitals try to defeat the Carolina Hurricanes for the fifth time in as many meetings when the Southeast Division clubs meet at the RBC Center.

The Capitals have won eight of the last nine meetings with the Hurricanes, including the first four this season.

In the most recent matchup, former Hurricane Bates Battaglia ended an eight-game goalless drought and snapped a third-period tie by putting a one-timer past Kevin Weekes to lead the Capitals to a 5-3 win here on January 29.

Peter Bondra tallied twice for Washington and has 32 goals and 16 assists in 53 career games against the Hurricanes.

Washington has lost two of its last three games after last Wednesday's 5-1 defeat at Philadelphia. Robert Lang scored his team-leading 26th goal and is second in the NHL with 64 points. Lang had an assist in the second period of Sunday's All-Star Game.

The January 29 defeat began Carolina's current four-game winless streak (0-3-1). Josef Vasicek and Erik Cole tallied for the Hurricanes in last Wednesday's 3-2 defeat at Anaheim. Vasicek leads the Hurricanes with a career-high 15 goals, one more than he had in the 2001-02 season.

Carolina is 10-12-6-1 at home.